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Coping with the Defiant Toddler

It is a toddler’s job to be defiant. This is the period in your child’s development when he or she begins to understand that they are separate from you and are naturally eager to seek out more independence and control over their world. The problem, of course, is that while their desire to be their own person is coming into full gear, toddlers have not yet mastered self-control. Read some tips on how to respond to your toddler’s defiant behavior.

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Engaging Curiosity in Children

There are many questions that your precocious child likely asks you. It’s not always easy to answer children’s questions, but encouraging their curiosity is an important part of helping them grow. For an example of some ways that you can encourage your child’s curiosity at home, click here.

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Playing, Laughing, and Learning in Preschool

As child care providers, it's easy to encourage children to sit down and play quietly. In an interesting article from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NEAYC), the author discusses the importance of laughter.

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A Sense of Place: Human Geography in the Early Childhood Classroom

Observing and discussing your surroundings begins early in life. In fact, these are your first geography lessons. A recent issue of Young Children from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) featured an article about incorporating geography, specifically a sense of place, in the early childhood classroom.

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Help Your Preschooler Gain Self-Control

Kindergarten teachers have expressed self control is an important part of school readiness. As a parent, how can you help teach your child this skill through your own actions.

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Supporting the Development of Creativity

The National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) recently shared an interesting article that focused on how different creative experiences support different parts of a child's development. It's important  to create a healthy balance that supports physical development, language and literacy, and social/emotional development.

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